X Factor host Dermot O'Leary has admitted that he missed Simon Cowell on the show last year.
Speaking to STV at the Glasgow X Factor auditions at the weekend, Dermot however said his exit allowed other judges to shine.
"We always miss Simon, he’s such a presence but when he’s not here, you do get to see other judges and other people take the fore," he said.
Dermot also gave his support to last year's new line up, which included Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa.
“I thought they were brilliant, it’s a long run, it’s a marathon this show," he said.
And defending the new judges from critics, Dermot added: "It’s difficult, they’re all cobbled together really quick and decisions always seem to be made last minute but they got on.
"The chemistry was really good and I thought the live shows were great as well, so hopefully they’ll all be back.”